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Doula & Birthing Services

Is hiring a Doula right for your birth and your family?

Whether this is your first or your eighth baby, having a doula has many benefits. A doula provides support and is an advocate before and during the birth, supports and encourages both mother and her partner, explains medical and hospital procedures, offers pain relief techniques including massage, breathing, relaxation and positioning. Most women report that they “couldn’t have done it without a doula”.

A DONA International trained doula stays with the mother and her partner during the entire birth.  If a hospital birth, the doula will arrive at your home before to assist you through the initial phase of labor.  She will then follow you to the hospital and stay until after your baby is born and you are comfortable.  If you are breast feeding, she will assist with the baby’s initial latching on.

Studies show that when using a doula during labor, woman are…….

  • 28% less likely to use any analgesia or anesthesia
  • 41% less likely to give birth with vacuum extraction or forceps
  • 26% less likely to give birth by cesarean
  • 33% less likely to be dissatisfied with or negatively rate their birth experience

DEBORAH IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE FOR BIRTH DOULA SERVICES.

Referrals are made to our network of birth and postpartum doulas.  Please inquire further to match you and your family’s needs to our expert team!

WHAT IS A DOULA?

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level